Halifax councillors wrapped up their budget process on Thursday, adding even more money to the police budget, reducing blue bag pickup to biweekly, and cutting the tax rate to raise the average property tax bill by 1%. They won’t finalize the 2021-2022 budget until next month, but during a two-day meeting of council’s budget committee […]
The provincial government is expanding the Blue Mountain-Birch Cove Lakes wilderness area, fixing a public access issue and protect an ecologically sensitive area. It’s one of 61 wilderness areas, nature reserves and provincial parks on a new list for protection, announced in a news release on Thursday. “The Rankin government intends to designate 61 more...
After hearing from a long list of speakers opposed to any increase in funding for the police, Halifax councillors turned around and added money to the Halifax Regional Police budget. Regional council’s budget committee started the process of finalizing the municipality’s 2021-2022 operating budget on Wednesday, picking items from its budget adjustment list to fund […]
Halifax councillors approved some changes on Tuesday to the way citizens pay for on-street parking in the municipality, and they’re considering making it free more often. The municipality launched its new pay stations in October 2020, replacing parking meters on peninsular Halifax and in downtown Dartmouth. Since then, staff have collected data on their use...
The city’s report exploring alternatives to policing in Halifax will be complete in December 2022, according to a staff report to council on Tuesday. Council asked for the report last summer following the murder of George Floyd and the worldwide Black Lives Matter protests, passing a motion from Coun. Waye Mason for a “broad review […]
The city’s board of police commissioners won’t be getting its own permanent lawyers, but following advice from staff, it will now be able to seek an outside legal opinion when needed. At its virtual meeting on Monday, the Halifax Board of Police Commissioners discussed a report on whether the city’s legal team is in a […]
The city’s legal team has acknowledged that “a perception of a conflict could arise” in its representation of both the independent Halifax Board of Police Commissioners and the municipality. In a report on the board’s agenda on Monday, HRM lawyer Katherine Salsman responded to a request from Coun. Lindell Smith, now chair of the board, […]
The municipality wants to make Portland Street and Cole Harbour Road in Dartmouth better for buses, pedestrians, and possibly cyclists — and it’s looking for feedback. Halifax is working on a functional plan for the nine-kilometre stretch of road between the intersection of Alderney Drive, Prince Albert Road, and Portland Street and the intersection of […]
Halifax is hoping to fix a “longstanding problem” in Lower Sackville with a new pedestrian path and a bridge over a highway exit ramp. Pedestrians coming to and from the Sackville Manor mobile home park have been crossing Exit 2 of Highway 101 for decades. It’s the fastest way for residents to get to the […]
Halifax’s Design Advisory Committee recommended in favour of a proposal for nine-storey apartment building on Young Street on Wednesday. WM Fares Architects made the application under the city’s Centre Plan on behalf of the developer, Alessandra Investments Limited, owned by Luigi and Marilisa Benigno. They want to build eight floors of residential space, including 58...